Eclipse Record – Wartime songs of 1914

I selected this to play as part of a performance at the Glynn Vivian gallery in Swansea for the ‘End of Empire‘ exhibition preview.
The record includes the famous wartime songs (mentioned in this previous post) ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’  written by Welshmen George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell) and his brother Felix Powell, and ‘Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty’  written by Swansea born Fred Godfrey (aka Llewelyn Williams).

1930s 8 inch Eclipse gramophone record playing on a Numark PT01.

At first manufactured by the Crystalate company (later taken over by Decca) for the Woolworth store chain, Eclipse was launched as a replacement for the Victory label. It was the first to be packaged in a brown paper sleeve, and featured dynamic promotional designs. Even so, the product was still pegged at a low price, even through the ‘slump’ or depression-era years of the early 1930s, finally disappearing in 1935.
Text from http://www.tedstaunton.com

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Florrie Forde – Selections of Old Time Hits

Florrie Forde - Selections of Old Time Hits

Australian born Florrie Forde was a popular singer and music hall entertainer in the UK. ‘During World War I, her most famous songs were some of the best known of the period, including “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” and “Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty”.

Florrie Forde

I was interested to find that not only was the 1915 ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’  written by Welshmen George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell) and his brother Felix Powell, but ‘Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty’ was written by Swansea born Fred Godfrey (aka Llewelyn Williams).

Florrie Forde - Selections of Old Time Hits

End of Empire & Now the Hero

I have been invited to create a new performance at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea to take place 5-8pm on Friday 21st 2018 as part of the preview event for Yinka Shonibare’s “End of Empire” exhibition and start of the week of art activities tying into Marc Rees’ “Now the Hero”

I am searching my archive to find records connecting to the themes of these two works and to the gallery and its location.  Looking at the partially installed work by Yinka Shonibare last weekend I was reminded of this Talking Heads album cover ..

Talking Heads - Little Creatures (2)

I plan to use records made in Swansea, (I discovered the Welsh Teledisc label was run from 139 Walter Rd, Swansea), by artists from the Swansea area (Harry Secombe and Morriston Orpheus Choir perhaps..), and songs/artists connected to WW1 and empire (Oh What a Lovely War!, Alf Garnet etc).

Warren Mitchell - Songs of World War 1

I might also throw in some records responding to the Glyn Vivian collection, I noticed a series of seascapes and wondered about some shanties…

The Twelve Buccaneers - Shanties

Songs of the Sea

and this…

Roger Evans - The Ballad of Swansea Jack

I did some work with records for Swansea and the Glyn Vivian some years ago for a Welsh-Estonian artist exchange thing.  It included a mix of records made with artists and recordings from the area and a performance on Swansea beach.
About a year later I (unsuccessfully) applied for an exhibition opportunity there and made some other mixes.. I made a playlist of things from back then on Youtube which I cant seem to embed so have to link to by here instead